Interviews

Kendra Adams Ready to Tackle Sunset Speedway with Improved Program

MISSISSUAGA, Ontario — Despite being busy with several different motorsports avenues including broadcasting with Speed51.com, Kendra Adams will be back behind the wheel of her Limited Late Model at Sunset Speedway this season.

“I’m really excited going into 2019,” she told SHORT TRACK MUSINGS at the Motorama Custom Car and Motorsports Expo. “I’m really excited to show off the new package that we have. I think our car is going to be a lot better than it has been the last few years, and I’m just excited to get back on-track and improve and show everybody that we have a really good car, and that we’re here to do well.”

The 2019 campaign will mark the second generation racer’s third season of Late Model competition at Sunset Speedway as she continues to hunt for her first career feature victory.

“I don’t like to have too many goals and expectations,” she admits. “But we would like to finish all the laps in every race. I would like to finish top-five in the points at the end of the season, and I’d love to get my first win, but either way, we’re going to be happy with learning this season.”

Through the past two seasons, she has shown improvement each year behind the wheel, picking up 11 feature top-10 finishes, including a pair of top-five’s throughout the 2018 campaign.

“I think a lot of what I’ve learned is you really have to race people the way that they race you, and if you don’t, you will get taken advantage of constantly,” she commented. “So I think going into this season it’s really going to have to be a different mentality behind the wheel, but I’m excited to show what we have in the equipment. I think we have a really good piece for this year, and I’m excited to see how we stack up and I’m excited to push myself and the car to it’s limits this year.”

Her success has caught the attention of many people, including the Alan Kulwicki Driver Development Program as she was announced as a semi-finalist for the second year in a row. The seven finalist will be announced next Monday on Speed51.com’s Morning Bullring show.

“It honestly means the world to be a Alan Kulwicki Driver Development Program semi-finalist,” she said. “I’m very excited to find out who makes the final seven. It’s obviously nerve-wracking, and I’m just really excited. For me to be apart of the program, it’s just incredible because the Alan Kulwicki Driver Development Program is one of, if not the only true, driver development program where they actually develop you on-track, but also off-track. So to be apart of the program again as a semi-finalist, it’s just incredible.”

Through everything that she has done, she has continued to stay true to her roots while inspiring the next generation of racers, female or male, in the process.

“My advice to people if you want to make something happen, then you have to go out there and make it happen for yourself,” she said. “Nobody is here to push you, except for yourself. So you need to have the drive and determination, and with that, you’ll be able to make it to the next level. That’s what I’ve been doing and preaching since I started. Once you have that drive, you will continue to push yourself and you will continue to grow and move on.”

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